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is supposed to be determined by the courts, not by admistrative fiat. Before they can say you have done anything 'illegal' you have to be convicted of doing so in a court of law. They have to prove their case, not just say "Make it so".
Matt Funk huh?
Old Matt must have had to overcome a certain amount of unconscious prejudice to become the engineer in charge. Sort of makes you want to put on your flame proof suit just reading about it.
Re: to answer the headline question
Actually, 'raising awaremess' is the first requirement for behaviour change. For example, making people aware of what happens to all their garbage after the big truck takes it away is a key step in getting people to recycle what they can of said garbage.
Not everyone needs high speed internet, that is true. Unfortunately, if you want to sell your house and I'm interested in buying your house and your area isn't wired for speed then we are both screwed. Putting it everywhere makes sense, the coalition's policy is just what the existing telcos were doing anyway. Especially for a country like Australia, with a relatively small population spread over a vast area, the NBN makes sense in giving us a comparative advantage, or at least not leaving us at a grave disadvantage versus the rest of the developed world.
Re: This has worried me for a while
Australia has a 'four pillars' policy; basically a government-regulated oligopoly. The result is that everyone pays more for all banking services that they would under an open competition model, but there are less nasty surprises. No system is perfect, but this seems better than what is currently happening, or is proposed, for the US and UK.
The important part
has at least been got right, in that you don't have a video replay on the big screen, just a signal to the ref. In the other sports, the controversies have just become about smaller distances, they haven't gone away entirely.
'The Shark Callers of Kontu', suggested reading 'The Iliad' by Homer.
I dunno, anything that's very, very hard resembles rocket science. What you are describing is actually very hard to achieve. The problem is people think it should be easy for some reason, despite experience that shows them time and again that this is where the project craps itself.
What are all these 'cubic meters' measuring?
Re: How Microsoftian
So right, if people can't shop around, they aren't going to find her shop in the first place. Any salesperson knows that not all pitches lead to sales, that doesn't mean you stop selling. If she establishes herself as the local expert and the word gets around that this is so, it's going to help her bottom line in the long run. Exactly the same as finding that one computer shop where the staff have half a clue and are actually interested in computers. Prices still have to be competitive, mind.
Re: @The Axe
A couple of points here. There are plenty of 'practical monopolies' that are not created by government, especially in the utilities area. Once an electricity generator of water company has started in a particular area, the barriers to entry for new competitors are huge. A second point; MS bundled Word with Excel in MS Office, and the accountants wanted Excel. Everyone else was happy with WordPerfect, but you couldn't get Excel with without buying the whole Office bundle, which made buying a separate word processing program a waste of money.
What is 'far more real world' about the North East Coast of the US compared to California? Don't far more people live in California? It would seem Tesla's electric cars aren't too good in areas where it snows and where you need to do lots of long-distance driving. If you live in such an area, perhaps you should just buy something else?
Re: Clearly Apple like to play comparison games...
Steve also said styluses were history. Lots of iPad users in my vicinity have bought after-market ones; how long before an iPad comes with a stylus slot built in?
Re: Just a silly question: ISS photography?
So you think the hash isn't settled by a ship actually sailing across the stretch of ocean in question, but will be settled by some pictures taken from outer space? Your faith in technology is touching (look out for that iceberg!).
Don't think you comparison holds water, old bean. With facial recognition, you don't carry the transponder around with you anywhere you go.
I remember when these RFIDs first came out there was this debate on television and this hip Gen Yer said she wouldn't mind having a chip inserted so she could borrow library books at Uni etc. I thought at the time "That's not how it's going to happen". Like Focault knew, it was going to start with all the people and creatures who had the least control over what happened to their bodies, so
1) Domestic pets: check
2) Prison inmates: check
3) Old people with (and no doubt soon, without) dementia): check
4) School kids; check
5) Workers in security environments: check
6) Workers not in security environments: soon.
Lot's of people around here love wearing their identity tags around their necks all the time. I'm not one of them.
Re: It's the book of revelation
Yeah, but don't they say 'Revelations' like they say 'Spurs' and 'Hearts' for Tottenham Hotspur and Heart of Midlothian?
Commitment now conditional
The Government has now made a budget surplus (people in the Northern Hemisphere may remember them) an aim rather than a commitment. This is sensible economically but may remain damaging politically.
It's not just that modern machines are powerful enough. I didn't realise just how noisy my old computer was until I upgraded about two years ago. I asked the local computer bloke to build me a machine that was adequate but quiet. What I got was a machine that was adequate, can play many games, and is totally silent in operation. In a domestic environment that matters.
The other aspect is that more computer power tended to demand more electric power (and generate more heat). It was important to me to break that cycle.
Hunting not fighting
Not directly addressed in the article, but I thought the advantage these weapons gave you was in hunting big and fast game. This allowed modern humans to hunt more species over a wider range. As other have pointed out, weapons you chuck away have a use in fighting but one rather significant drawback; once you've chucked it, it's gone, and the other bloke now has it and can chuck it back (OK they might not have the woomeras, as we call them around here, but would that really make that big a difference?). So I believe the theory is that we out-competed the Neaderthals, rather than just topping or enslaving them.
I had the misfortune to have to use it just this morning to load a couple of movies on to my patner's iPad. This should be breathtakingly simple, no? It's a media device after all. Well, what can you say, what a piece of crap.
They should use 44 gallon drums
They'd be lighter!
That's a bit odd; it's a touch screen after all, you can pinch to zoom. I find that a lot easier than using a mouse.
I loved the article's line about it all being about advertising. Maybe these devices sell because they, you know, meet people's needs? Anyway, I'm happy they are selling and Asus is making a profit from them since that hopefully means they keep making them and improving them. Another thing that might be mentioned is the firmware updates, got mine updated over the air (well, wi-fi) last week with no issues.
Someone like me, who has actually used a hybird device and realises what matters, i.e. hardware, software and battery life. The transformers involve compromises like all portable devices but the transformer compromise works for me. You do use it as a laptop when that is required, and you do you use it as a tablet when that is more convenient. I'm not sure about MS's new products, but comparing them to old products that had neither the hardware nor the software right is pretty superficial reporting.
What really got me into it though, was that they gave away a complete level which was not part of the game as a teaser; you got in on the free CDs stuck on the front of computer mags. After finishing that you really wanted to play the whole game, and the intro sequence was just a classic. I'm also surprised they haven't made a movie of it.
Australia is neither England nor America
and I do hear young people here saying 'math' rather than 'maths'. They also say 'elevator' instead of 'lift' and many other things. So you're all wrong, or right, or something.
As for ball lightning, I've never seen it, but it might explain the Min Min Lights.
As an Australian I have to agree that the way the conversion was done here was the best approach. A gradual approach won't work, and suggesting you maintain two or more systems and expect people to convert between them is the worst idea of all. It's true that many imperial measures still remain; they still talk about acres in real estate and for some reason computer screens are in inches but TVs often (but not always) in cm, but really, you won't take long to get used to your weight in kg, your height in cm, road speeds in km/h and the temperature in celsius so long as that is all you hear.
Only one competitor?
I suppose it makes for an easy review when you only compare the product to one other, but really, there's quite a lot of other e-book readers (Sony, Kobo etc.) and the review would be more uuseful if it provided more comparisons.
Your N900 must be a little different to mine. Mine has occasions, always at the most inconvenient time, when it slows down to a crawl and becomes unresponsive. I believe it's doing some re-setting in the background or something. To make it behave again the only solution is to remove the battery, since none of the buttons, including the power button, will work, and the touch screen is unresponsive. So I don't think the N900 was the best phone ever made, by a considerable margin. I wished it worked, but it didn't.
Different lesson I think
I think the real lesson is that (some of) the brand-name manufacturers tend to make better kit. That's certainly true with with my Transformer Pad. Around these parts Asus isn't really a bigger brand than Acer but at the moment Acer don't really have anything that competes with Asus's offerings, even though both are using Android.
Another interesting thing, at least to me, was when I went to buy it the staff in the shop all knew what it was, why you would want to buy it and in fact the salesbloke explained how he used his to take his uni notes (he could have been blagging, of course). I got the impression they were moving a few. No one tried to sell me an iPad.
Content is king
Agreed, I download iView content to my PC and stream it to my TV, also the SBS catch-up service. Unfortunately Foxtel is wedded to the broadcast model and until they allow me choose to watch what I want, when I want, no Foxtel for me regardless of how it is delivered.
. "But that has to be okay. It has to be, you have to think that way. The competition ... is not with other device manufacturers, it's with Google." Which is true if you don't actually make and sell phones. But if you do, well, 'wow' is all I can say.
Yep, not surprising everyone thinks of him. On the other hand, the pyramids are still there, and they meet my definition of 'massive', which a 4m statue doesn't I'm afraid.
Re: it pains me but I will say it again
Yeah but Samsung are selling a lot more Android phones that HTC or ZTE. How come? Could it be because they simply make a better product using the same software? Why was Nokia incapable of doing this? Meanwhile, they could have continued to improve the N9, which got rather good reviews. In going Microsoft, Nokia was really trying to run away from the opposition. They can run, but they can't hide.
Re: Portable music player?
You missed the bit about the battery life, didn't you? Some of us already have smartphones but don't want to run the risk of running out of battery while we are listening to music so we can't make calls or do anything else until we find a charger. We aren't bothered about running down the battery on our music player though.
I made the mistake
of linking a bank account to a Paypal account. This apparently gives Paypal the right to take money out of your bank account in the case of a dispute without bothering to notify you first. Goodbye Ebay, goodbye Paypal. I'd rather give my stuff away.
Uh-huh, and kid who is already in trouble for stealing a gun and accidently shooting someone will get off to an even better start in life with his mum in gaol, I don't think.
Re: Pop quiz:
Well it just so happens there was a program on Sunday about this very thing. Their conclusion: not climate change, not the Aborigines actually eating the beasties, but the 'fire stick farming' they used changed the vegetation mix and indirectly killing off the megafauna. The lesson here is, it doesn't pay to be a fussy eater.
I bought a Transformer Pad at the weekend
Having realised now just how clunky it was to plink around on my low-res netbook compared to the touchscreen-with-keyboard-when-you-need-it experience, I can see why ultrabooks are doomed; they need all that grunt just to run Windows, and on portable devices Windows is definitely a problem. I can also see why Microsoft is developing Windows 8; they're toast if they don't.
Here in often-warm Australia I find that turning off surplus-at-the-moment electrical gear makes the house noticably cooler in summer. In winter it acts as additional heating, of course, but the winter is much shorter.
In the mean time all my computer kit goes to two power points on the wall which I switch off when not using the computer. Pretty simple to do, saves electricity and me money. Works for me. I've never seen any 'green' advice about home energy saving that didn't say the number one way to save energy was to take shorter showers. The advice always is that behaviour change is necessary, and that behaviour change can be hard to achieve. So that's a straw man to me. But I have to save special derision for those saying plastic carrier bags aren't a problem. They are a pain in the arse and pollute plenty of otherwise beautiful places all over the world.
Re: It won't be easy
Actually, it's the fault of the Irish and the Scots (look it up). On another note, the Federal Government didn't collect income tax until World War 2, and I think a lot of people in Europe just don't get how autonomous the states actually are; own governments, own budgets etc. At least most of Australia speaks the same language, I understand the situation is somewhat different in Europe.
I understand that the first definite indication that different areas of the brain controlled different functions resulted from an even more traumatic injury to a US railway builder in the 19th Century. He was tamping down some dynamite with a three foot crowbar when 'BOOM'. Crowbar went clean through his skull and travelled a considerable distance down-range. He survived but had distinct personality changes (not just a fear of dynamite and crowbars).
I own an N900
It was a nice device in many ways but unfinished and had a catastrophic habit of doing some kind of background clean up process that slowed it to a crawl, always at the most inconvenient times. Nevertheless with appropriate development I can see it would have led to an excellent device. I'm now on Android. Going Android would have been a challenge for Nokia, but Samsung has managed pretty well and the alternative choice doesn't seem to be working out too well.
Well on the tin it says:
(Well, on the project home page anyway):
"The Apache™ Hadoop™ project develops open-source software for reliable, scalable, distributed computing.
The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using a simple programming model. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage. Rather than rely on hardware to deliver high-avaiability, the library itself is designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, so delivering a highly-availabile (sic) service on top of a cluster of computers, each of which may be prone to failures.
The project includes these subprojects: la la la"
So don't ask me, What businesses of many kinds need is to provide the people making the decisions with accurate information about what is happening in the business now, as well as what is happening in the market the business is in. If this Hadoop thingy can help do this, then it should be useful. If it just provides another layer of obfuscation, then not so much.
All oppositions have an absolute commitment to open government. Then they win the election and ...
Some of the stuff that was coming out under the previous mob was very interesting, but since the current government won't even tell us where the 1.5 Billion in cuts in the current budget are coming from, it's unlikely that their commitment to open government is anything more than bilgewater.
It seems there are two distinct types of Opera users. First are the desktop users who have used it for years, keep trying the other browsers and keep coming back to Opera. Second are the mobile users, many of whom have Facebook accounts and don't think, let alone care, about privacy. The second group would be the vast majority I imagine, but I'm in the first group and it's bye bye Opera for me if this happens. I doubt Facebook would care if they lost every single desktop user; we're not the people they're after.
Re: Wot about aviation?
Well I think the justitication was that the aviation industry was dominated by the USA, but I wonder if that's still true? High time it was converted to metric if you ask me, although I might avoid flying for a couple of years when the actual conversion is taking place!
Re: Nice trick...
Provided you can still feed the cat from a spooky distance, no problem!
(PS. You're right, I haven't got a clue.)
You can still get schooners and middies, they just put the metric measurement on the side; huge sacrifice lads. Not many drank pints in those days, but you get them in 'Irish' pubs now. The reason to change the road signs and speedos is to get people used to the measurements. It's really a lot simpler, believe me.
Dear Sir Steven
There is no technical limitation in either the car or the road that prevents you driving your car in England at 100 miles per hour. The limitation you face is legal, not technical, so unfortunately your car analogy fails.